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Turkish Silver Jewelry

Turkish silver distinguishes itself not in design, but in the composition of the silver alloy used.  Most sterling silver is made of a Silver/Cooper alloy (92.5%/7.5%).  Turkish silver makes use of a Silver/Cadmium alloy.  Cadmium is lighter than copper and is slightly more tarnish resistant.  This characteristic may be desirable if one is going for a shiny appearance, but works against styles that rely upon antiquing for contrast.

What is Cadmium?  Cadmium is a soft, bluish-white metal that is obtained as a by-product in the production of copper, zinc and lead ores.  It has the property of being both light-weight and strong.  Unfortunately, it can be toxic, and when heated can produce dangerous fumes.

Turkish silver has no real distinctive style or form.  Products developed tend to be replications of other styles from around the world, especially Bali. 

We have seen it reported that Turkish silver usually contains 95% silver.  We have not found much support for this claim. In fact, most sites selling Turkish silver describe it as "925 sterling," if a percentage is given at all.




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"Sterling Silver Defined'"
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"The Silversmith"
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Recent Developments

"Argentium® Sterling Silver"

"Silver PMC®"

"The Origins of Tarnish"

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"Firescale (Firestain)"

"Proper Silver Storage"

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